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Nurture Development is one of the leading ABCD consultancies in Europe headed by the well-known Cormac Russell & Martin Simon.
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A PacMan in the Village

Growing-up in rural Ireland has defined me in more ways than I can consciously articulate. The word that sums up the experience is 'sufficiency'.

My family friends and I mostly occupied the world of 'enough', my parents had an internal ration book; they shopped for necessities; holidayed in Caravans by the West Coast of Ireland; and ate out a handful of times throughout my childhood. My first trip to the cinema was in 1979 when '…


Posted on August 1, 2014 at 15:59

Allopathy, recovery and rehabilitation

As a historian cum anthropologist cum criminologist, it will come as little surprise that I am drawn to historical perspectives of the development of behaviours, cultures, norms, attitudes, practices and policies as much as I am to the behaviour, culture, norm, attitude, practice or policy, itself. The journey to the endpoint is almost always a fascinating combination of factors that are wholly revealing about why we – as a society - are in the predicament we are, especially when we…


Posted on April 3, 2014 at 11:40

Power from the people. Power to the people.

This is the third and final blog within the short series: Connectors, Conductors and Circuit breakers. You can read the first instalment here and the second, here.

In the first two…


Posted on March 24, 2014 at 11:40

Does social change always need a great leader or innovator?

This is the second in the three part series of blogs: Connectors, Conductors and Circuit breakers. You can read the first instalment here.

All too often we assume social change just needs the right leader or innovator, and that somehow, that alone, will determine whether…


Posted on March 14, 2014 at 13:43

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At 17:57 on September 16, 2013, Samantha Clark said…

Hello Nurture Development

I'm sending you this as our usual welcome but I suspect you may know this already!


Welcome to ABCD Europe, a site where you can talk to like-minded people about your ideas and experience of using asset based community development (ABCD). Everyone, whether they are new to this approach or experienced, will have a lot to learn as well as skills and knowledge to share. Your skills, knowledge and experiences are the assets of our ABCD community. We can all use this wealth of information to help us achieve our aspirations for better places to live. Share generously and reap the rewards of a rich ABCD community that can support and encourage you in your endeavours.


Use this site to ask questions about how others have done things, what has worked, how challenges have been overcome and to share your achievements so that we can celebrate together.


To get started post a photograph of yourself against your name. To do this, go to the ‘settings’ page. Browse your files to find a photograph, click on the file and then click on ‘save’ at the bottom of the page.


Check the members list to see if you know anyone. You can invite others to join ABCD Europe - go to the Members page, click on ‘invite your contacts’. Click on the plain white envelope and you will be able to enter your contacts e-mail address and a personal message. By inviting others who are interested in using ABCD, you will help our community to grow.


There are several discussion groups that you can join or you can start your own.


Keep us updated on your projects and progress by sharing links to your website, blogs and posting video links. We all share the same goal of seeing ABCD and other asset based approaches spread, so that people within communities value what each other have to contribute and make the best use of what is already there. For this reason, you will find the ABCD Europe community will be excited by your achievements and will want to encourage and support you.


I hope that you enjoy using this site and benefit from the support and knowledge of this community. If you need more information, help with getting started or have suggestions on what we could do better then please contact us.


Best wishes




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